A Lamborghini Aventador for $50,000 should scream, “RED FLAG!” Well, it’s no secret that an Aventador costs about 10x more than this eBay asking price, and any potential buyer for this particular red car that looks like a Lamborghini Aventador should understand that looks can be deceiving.
So, what is this Lamborghini Aventador look-alike?
Clearly, this red Lamborghini Aventador doppelganger is a replica. However, the base car that the replica was built on may not be what you’d expect. According to CarScoops, this little red supercar suit is wrapped around a 2005 Pontiac GTO.
Although this GTO is a far cry from a real Aventador, it’s no slouch. The 2005 GTO underneath all that Lambo dressing holds a 6.0-liter LS2 V8. If that weren’t enough already, this LS powerplant has been modified to make around 500 hp. All 500 horses are sent to the rear wheels in true muscle car fashion, making for a very drifty Lamborghini clone.
What else do we know about this disguised Pontiac GTO?
The current owner/seller has said that he bought the Lamborghini GTO around two years ago, and he was not the one who built it. Obviously, unlike a real Lamborghini Aventador, this fancy GTO is not mid-engined as its looks might suggest to a very untrained eye. Nope, this American muscle job is still front-engined the way Dale always intended.
The bodywork was sculpted from fiberglass and tried hard to closely mimic the real thing, particularly up front. The GTO sports the Aventador’s large air intakes, angular headlights, and aggressive bodywork.
How convincing are Lamborghini replicas?
Usually, replicas always just look a bit off. While this is a very sliding scale, regardless of the attention to detail, it is tough to make the dimensions of a front-engined American muscle car match those of a mid-engined Italian supercar. However, the builder of this Pontiac Aventador tried pretty hard.
While the overall vibe is just wrong, the details are there. As CarScoops points out, the long body panels stretch the GTO out attractively, and the massive side air vents add to the look. The GTO got black wheels with Lamborghini center caps, too. Seen at the rear is a decklid and ‘engine cover’ inspired by the Aventador, as are the taillights, diffuser, and central tailpipe. There is even a fake “V12” under the engine cover. However, the classic V8 rumble will unshroud that illusion pretty quickly.
The truth is, this replica isn’t likely to fool many Lamborghini fans if any at all. But, such is the nature of replicas. They are typically built in the spirit of lighthearted motoring that doesn’t require anyone to take them too seriously for the overall objective of fun to be achieved.
Is the Lamborghini Aventador replica worth $50,000?
Well, that is a question that can only be answered by the person who buys this red plaything. The owner claims the Aventador replica “runs and drives great” and has “tons of power.” If the 500-hp claims are true, then I’d imagine the power is more than enough for most drivers to get into trouble.
According to CarScoops, the Lamborghini Aventador replica has been listed for sale on eBay with a “Buy It Now” price of $49,000 and a starting bid of $42,999. Although it had some watchers, no one bit on the asking price.